We were eager to learn how to make gourmet ice cream from scratch, and with help from Eletrolux, we were extremely successful with this creamy vanilla bean & fleur de sel flavor. We’re not saying it’s easy, but it’s SO worth it. And it will last for months (if you have self-control, that it). Here’s how it’s done:

Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
Fleur de sel
1 vanilla bean
2 cups heavy cream
5 large egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Freeze your baking dish in advance.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, add: milk, sugar and a large pinch of fleur de sel.
  3. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean, then add the beans and the pod to the milk mixture.
  4. When steamy, cover and remove from heat.
  5. In an ice bath over a strainer, add heavy cream.
  6. In a separate bowl, stir together 5 egg yolks.
  7. Re-warm the milk mixture, then pour 1/2 over the egg yolks. Whisk constantly, and add the other half. Then transfer the entire mixture (scraping the sides) back to the saucepan. Cook over low-heat, stirring constantly, until it’s a thick custard.
  8. Strain custard over the heavy cream. Stir over the ice until cool. Add vanilla extract.
  9. Refrigerate to chill thoroughly, minimum of 4 hours.
  10. Remove the vanilla bean, then pour mixture into your cold baking dish and pop in the freezer.
  11. Remove afer 45 minutes and blend with an immersion blender. Repeat every 30 minutes for 2-3 hours.

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